Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Healthy You Challenge - Week 8

Weight Change Last Week
- 0.0 Pounds (Maintain)

Exercise
6/22
30 Minutes Swimming

6/23
12 Floors of Stairs Down & Up (230 Stairs Down + 230 Stairs Up)
30 Minutes Swimming

6/24
30 Minutes Swimming

6/26
30 Minutes Swimming

6/27
30 Minutes Swimming

6/28
1.5 Mile Run
15 Minutes on Elliptical Machine
Weight Machines - Legs
30 Minutes Swimming

Hmmm... does anyone see a pattern in my activity last week?! Swimming, swimming, and more swimming! I only counted 30 minutes per day, but most days we were actually in the pool for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It was so hot last week that all my daughter and I wanted to do was jump in the pool once we got home in the evening, so we had a standing appointment with the pool on the nights that she was with me.

I only got in one run, but such is life. I made it a goal to get in three runs this week, and I already have one under my belt so I see this as doable. Also, it is much colder outside this week than it was last week, so we are not choosing the pool over the gym every evening as we did last week.

I decided to mix it up a bit on the food front and start counting points again in addition to tracking my calories on The Daily Plate. The scale has been moving this week, so I hope to see good news on the scale when I formally weigh in on Friday.

Even though I have been on a plateau for the better part of the last 1 1/2 months, there must be some changes happening in my body because the compliments have started rushing in again this week. Seriously, three or so a day! I must admit that I am loving it, and it certainly has renewed my motivation this week.

I also rediscovered the elliptical machine at the gym, and have been using it for interval training. What I have done the past two workouts is run on the track, then come down to the machines and hop on the elliptical for 15 minutes with intervals of over 200 strides per minutes, and then I have closed the workout with weight machines until my body felt like jello. It is adding some much needed variety to my workouts!

Onward to another good week! I hope that you all are doing well on your journey, too.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

If Every Day Was Sunday

I would be fit and firm and at goal in no time! For whatever reason, Sundays seem to be the days that I rock the exercise. Today I have done the following:

1.5 mile run
15 minutes of interval training on the elliptical
10 minutes of weights (legs)
1 hour of swimming in the pool (leisure, not laps)

Not to mention over an hour walking around Costco pushing a heavy cart (including my 50 pound child!) and countless trips up and down the stairs while doing six loads of laundry. Whew, I am ready for some time in my chair!

I have been slacking on my running this week because my daughter and I have been spending every evening in the pool! It was so hot last week that we couldn't wait to get some dinner in and then hit the pool until her bedtime. But it wasn't all because when I went for a run today, I ran my first mile in 10 minutes 45 seconds, which is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G for me!

Wednesday will mark one year since I restarted my weight loss journey after a "break" of almost 2 years. A "break" that resulted in a 60 pound weight gain. :-(

In this year, I have lost those 60 pounds and am at a fitness level that I have not seen for over 10 years. So even though I have been on a plateau for the better part of the last month and a half, I am still thankful for the progress that I have made. I am also thankful for the fun that I am now having with my child, including roller skating and swimming and badminton and tossing the ball around in the yard. Things have certainly changed for the better since last summer!

In order to mix it up a bit, I have started counting point again in addition to tracking my calories. One interesting observation is that I may not be eating ENOUGH now. When I first went from counting points to tracking calories, I was eating different foods (more sweets and carbs) and thus it felt like I got to eat more food when I hit my calorie target on The Daily Plate than I did when I ate my daily points allowance. Now the reverse seems to be true since I am eating so many more fruits and vegetables, many of which are 0 or 1 point foods. So we shall see if this change in my intake logging will help me to break the plateau.

It's time to put my child to bed, so good night for now. Until tomorrow ad the Healthy You Challenge check-in!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Healthy You Challenge Update - Week 6 & 7

Weight Change for Week 6
+1.3 Pounds

Weight Change for Week 7
-1.1 Pounds

Activities for Week 6 & Week 7
6/9
20 Minute Walk

6/10
30 Minutes Rollerskating

6/14
2.52 Mile Run
Weight Machines - Arms

6/15
30 Minutes Swimming

6/16
2.34 Mile Run
Weight Machines - Legs

6/17
12 Floors of Stairs Down & Up (230 Stairs Down + 230 Stairs Up)
15 Minutes Wii Gold's Gym Cardio Workout

6/18
12 Floors of Stairs Down & Up (230 Stairs Down + 230 Stairs Up)
2.12 Mile Run
Weight Machines - Arms

6/19
12 Floors of Stairs Down & Up (230 Stairs Down + 230 Stairs Up)
60 Minute Pilates Stretch & Relax Class

6/20
30 Minutes Swimming

6/21
2.33 Mile Run
Weight Machines - Legs
30 Minutes Rollerskating


Summer is upon us here in Chicago! We have had several days around 90 degrees, and I have been taking advantage of our pool. I love to swim, and because I have been so heavy for so long and shunned swimsuits, I am tickled to be at a place where I will put one on again and jump in the pool on a regular basis. I have come to realize that this is one of the true rewards of losing weight for me... doing fun things that I love without worrying so much about how I look.

I had a gain in Week 6 as I expected, but I jumped back on plan and most of it was gone for my Week 7 weigh-in. Such is life. The good thing is that I have been taking my activity outside of the gym and doing things like rollerskating at the roller rink with my daughter and swimming in the pool with my friends and family. This has made the whole process even that much more enjoyable for me.

I have not lost much weight this last month and a half, and I am trying to jumpstart the weight loss again. I have been focusing on balancing my meals closer to the 40-30-30 principle, and have been eating more clean foods with a heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables. I have a beautiful bowl of orange persimmons and nectarines on my countertop, and have been choosing them as my snack of choice. I also bought some kumquats, which I love, and fresh strawberries, blueberries, and red grapes. Baby spinach and broccoli slaw have also been staples on my menu these past two weeks.

I am off to shower after another night in the pool... what a treat!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Healthy You Challenge Update - Week 5

Weight Change Last Week
- 0.4 Pounds

Exercise
6/1
30 Minutes Wii EA Sports Active Personal Trainer (30 Day Challenge, - Intermediate - Day 5)

6/2
1.75 Mile Run

6/7
2.57 Mile Run
Weight Machines - Legs

My groove from last week took off for greener pastures, and I found myself really struggling this week. My exercise frequency was way down, and I spent four days in binge eating land. That is not a happy place for me to be. And this upcoming weigh in is probably going to be a severe blow to me because I am pretty sure I will have a gain. Such is life.

It's ironic, though, that I just reached two big weight loss milestones and then I had crazy binge/less exercise week. I also had some serious depression, for no particular reason other than the week before AF. I spent a lot of time sleeping or just sitting in my chair in a generally foul mood.

The good news in that I have been back on track since Saturday, and am feeling centered with my eating again. The real news, the news that is hard to swallow, is that I have not mastered binge eating and probably never will. I have just learned how to manage it a bit better so that it is four days in duration and not a month or a year or ten years of binge eating.

Here's to a better week for my health goals! Thanks for all of your support. :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Healthy You Challenge Update - Week 4

Weight Change Last Week
- 1.5 Pounds

Exercise
5/26
30 Minutes Wii EA Sports Active Personal Trainer (30 Day Challenge, - Intermediate - Day 2)

5/27
28 Minutes Wii EA Sports Active Personal Trainer (30 Day Challenge, - Intermediate - Day 3)

5/28
2.2 Mile Run

5/31
3.4 Mile Run
22 Minutes Wii EA Sports Active Personal Trainer (30 Day Challenge, - Intermediate - Day 4)


I had a respectable loss this week, and continued on with the EA Sports Active Personal Trainer. One things that was missing from my week was weight work, so I have to work harder at getting that in this week.

Food-wise, things were good and I was in a groove. I dodged a bullet on Friday when my boss was unable to find me as he was taking a group out for Dim Sum in Chinatown. Although I would have enjoyed myself, I can only imagine the calories that I would have consumed. He is a food pusher in a caring way, and always makes sure that we order my favorite things!

Onward to a new week!